Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America: Jordan Davis Mother Speaks


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Testimony of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to Senate Judiciary Committee

 

by Moms Demand Action

 

Stand Your Ground” Laws: Civil Rights and Public Safety Implications of the Expanded Use of Deadly Force

October 29, 2013

 

Chairman Durbin and Members of the Committee,

 

Moms Demand Action is pleased to submit this statement and applauds your leadership in holding a public hearing on the critical issue of Stand Your Ground laws and what they are doing to our society, our families, and our children.

 

Background on our organization: Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to reduce drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (www.momsdemandaction.org) was created to demand action from legislators, state and federal; companies; and educational institutions to establish common­sense gun reforms. We are a non­partisan grassroots movement of American mothers demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws, loopholes and policies that for too long have jeopardized the safety of our children and families.

 

 

Our position on gun laws: Moms Demand Action supports the 2nd Amendment. Period. The death of an American child or teen every 3 hours and 15 minutes at the barrel of a gun was never the intent of the 2nd Amendment and is not a necessary consequence of the 2nd Amendment.

 
Mothers in urban, suburban and rural America are angry that we are losing so many of our loved ones to gun violence. Moms Demand Action is a non­partisan, grassroots movement demanding a safer society, calling for common sense. We have more than 100,000 members and a chapter in every state in this country.

 

We are a young, healthy, growing organization. We are educating, motivating, and mobilizing moms and families to take action that will result in stronger laws and policies to save lives. We support these common sense solutions to help address gun violence in the United States:

  1. Require background checks for all gun and ammunition purchases;
  2. Ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds;
  3. Track the sale of large quantities of ammunition, and ban online sales;
  4. Establish product safety oversight of guns and ammunition, and require child­safe gun technology;
  5. Support policies at companies and public institutions that promote gun safety;
  6. Counter the gun industry’s efforts to weaken gun laws at the state level.

 

Moms Demand Action on Stand your Ground laws: Our organization looks at all policies from the perspective of parents raising families in America. The need to protect our children and loved ones is paramount to all that we do. We understand that conflict in society and in day to day life is basic to the human experience and part of what we prepare our children to deal with in a healthy, productive way. Stand Your Ground laws do not promote healthy conflict resolution. Too often they foster an “attack” response or even worse, vigilante “justice”. And because easy access to guns and concealed carry laws make lethal weapons immediately available to most anyone – including the untrained and irresponsible ­ that attack response becomes deadly.

 

Some claim that these faulty laws assure innocent people of greater safety. From what we have learned, studies indicate that these laws do NOT make us safer. A recent Texas A&M study analyzed 20 states with Stand Your Ground laws, including Florida, and found that the laws do not deter violent crime. In fact, there is a clear increase in homicides in those states, resulting in up to 700 more shooting deaths nationwide each year.

 

Stand Your Ground laws also disproportionately affect communities of color. According to an Urban Institute study, when white shooters kill black victims, 34 percent of the resulting homicides are deemed justifiable, while only 3 percent of deaths are ruled justifiable when the shooter is black and the victim is white. Far from making us feel safe, these findings and recent cases are cause for alarm, and highlight the fact that human error is allowed to reign under these laws.

 

Moms Demand Action was formed after the horrific slaughter of 6 and 7 year old children in Connecticut. Many of our charter members were mothers and fathers of similar­aged children who felt a painful empathy for those devastated families – an empathy which drives us still. As we have learned more about the dysfunction of our country’s gun laws, we have expanded our membership to thousands of parents of children of all ages.

 
For parents of teenagers, Stand Your Ground laws add a level of concern which should not be tolerated in modern society. Walking down dark streets, sneak drinking, and hanging out in secluded areas – all are risky behaviors that are fairly common among adolescents. Facing a trip to a detention hall or even the police station are the consequences of most of these actions. Facing a gun should not be.

 

Stand Your Ground laws permit deadly force under certain circumstances. But it is much easier for the shooter to claim those circumstances existed than for the dead teenager to tell his or her side of the story. For generations, American mothers and fathers have taught their children that this country is exceptional, because we are a nation of laws and justice. Kill first, explain later is not justice.

 

Moms Demand Action has over 100,000 members and is expanding, because we fear for the safety of our children and are committed to doing everything that we can to protect them. Stand Your Ground laws on top of concealed carry and the gun industry’s feverish endeavor to sell more guns put our children at risk. Children ­ and adults ­ who may simply have been in the wrong place at the wrong time are now more likely to die at the hands of the armed and angry. This is unacceptable. Standing, killing and explaining later should not be tolerated in any community.

 

We call on Congress to address the Stand Your Ground crisis in any way possible and applaud the Subcommittee for initiating that effort today. We also stand committed to turning back the damage the proliferation of these ill­conceived laws has wrought in every state they exist ­ especially as proponents seek to couple them with more concealed deadly weapons through “reciprocity” action by Congress.

 

Thank you for your attention and action on this issue. We believe it is possible to bring gun sense to the laws of our country and look forward to working with the Committee to reach our goal.

 

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‘Stand Your Ground’ and my son Jordan

 

By Lucy McBath, Spokesperson for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America via thehill.com

 

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I used to think gun violence in America was someone else’s problem – something that affected people in poor neighborhoods in the inner city, far from where I was raising my son, Jordan. After all, Jordan’s father and I were enjoying good careers in the airline industry and I was raising our only child in a comfortable Atlanta suburb. Jordan’s friends were well off and well educated and came from all races and ethnicities.

 

In the fall of 2010, I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time. It soon became obvious that Jordan would be better off living with his father in Jacksonville, Florida as I underwent treatment.

 

Jordan, then 17, was still living in Jacksonville when my world – and my understanding of gun violence – changed forever. On the day after Thanksgiving in 2012, a middle-aged white man named Michael Dunn pulled his car into a gas station next to the Dodge Durango in which three African American boys, including my son, were listening to music while a friend was inside the convenience store.

 

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Dunn told the boys to turn their music down. As teenage boys often do, they refused to lower the volume. Moments later, Dunn opened fire on Jordan and his friends with a barrage of ten bullets. Three of them hit my son. He died in his friends’ arms.

 

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My grief has been overwhelming and at times it has overpowered me. But I feel a responsibility to do everything possible to prevent what’s happened to my family from happening to anyone else.

 

Not long after Jordan’s death, I heard about Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a nonpartisan, grassroots group founded by Shannon Watts, a mother of five in Indiana. Inspired by the effectiveness of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Watts started Moms Demand Action in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre that took place a few weeks after Jordan was killed.

 

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Moms Demand Action helps organize rallies, phone banks, letter writing, and other citizen initiatives to support gun policy reform at both the state and federal level. In less than a year, it already has united more than 100,000 members in every state to work for background checks for all gun and ammunition purchases, a ban on assault weapons and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, a prohibition on online ammunition sales, and other reforms.

 

The organization also has focused on pushing companies like Starbucks to change their gun policies. Just last month, CEO Howard Schultz responded by announcing that stores would no longer welcome guns.

 

Local Moms Demand Action chapters are working hard to end Stand Your Ground, a law that the gun lobby helped to pass and which now exists in more than 20 states. To invoke the law, a killer doesn’t have to prove that they were acting in self-defense because their life was threatened. They just have to claim that they believed they were in danger. When the trial over my son’s death starts next year, Michael Dunn is expected to defend himself using provisions of Florida’s Stand Your Ground.

 

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Before Jordan was killed, his father and I had many conversations with him about the Trayvon Martin case. We raised our son to know that he was valued as a human being, just like anyone else. Yet, we had to warn him that because he was a young, black and male there might be times when he would have to be cautious about protecting himself. Unfortunately, those warnings could not save him from a man with anger in his heart and a gun in his hand.

 

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Even if my son’s killer is convicted despite Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, that will not bring justice for Jordan. True justice for Jordan will require that our elected public officials enact gun laws that will make us all safer.

 

I’m traveling to Washington, DC and testifying in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday (Oct. 29) to deliver this same message to members of Congress. Even though it’s incredibly painful to talk about what happened, I still feel an obligation to fight for my son. I can’t save him, but my deep hope is that by advocating for sensible gun reforms I can prevent even one mom from having to face the profound loss that I have.

 

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Responsible gun laws will be passed only when other parents come to the same realization that stronger laws and policies will save lives. We have to be informed. We have to take action. And we have to make our voices heard.

 

Read the full article at the hill.com

 

Lucy McBath, National Spokesperson for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, to Testify at U.S. Senate Stand Your Ground Hearing

 

How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown?

 

By Chris Kirk and Dan Kois

 

The answer to the simple question in that headline is surprisingly hard to come by. So Slate is collecting data for our crowd sourced interactive. This data is necessarily incomplete (click here to see why, and to learn more about @GunDeaths, the Twitter user who helped us create this interactive). But the more people who are paying attention, the better the data will be. You can help us draw a more complete picture of gun violence in America. If you know about a gun death in your community that isn’t represented here, please email a link to a news reportto slatedata@gmail.com. And if you’d like to use this data yourself for your own projects, it’s open. You can download it here.

 

Update, October 29th, 2013: As time goes on, our count gets further and further away from the likely actual number of gun deaths in America—because roughly 60 percent of deaths by gun are due to suicides, which are very rarely reported. When discussing this issue, please note that our number is by design not accurate and represents only the number of gun deaths that the media can find out about contemporaneously. Part of the purpose of this interactive is to point out how difficult it is to get accurate real-time numbers on this issue.

 

Using the most recent CDC estimates for yearly deaths by guns in the United States, it is likely that as of today, 10/29/2013, roughly 28,777 people have died from guns in the U.S. since the Newtown shootings. Thats 319 days. Compare that number to the number of deaths reported in the news, which is 9,952 deaths, and you can see how under reported the story of gun violence in America actually is.

 

Slate partners with @GunDeaths for an interactive, crowd sourced tally of the toll firearms have taken since December 14, 2012

 

Chris Kirk is Slate‘s interactives editor, responsible for the Carlos Danger name generatorgerrymander puzzleGun Deaths project, and Friday News Quiz.

 

Dan Kois is a senior editor at Slate and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine

 

 

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Look….It’s A Saturday Potpourri: GUNS, Guns And More GUNS. Middle East Walking Tour.


 

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Weekly Address: Helping Protect Our Kids by Reducing Gun Violence

 

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March 23, 2013

 

Three months after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama says that the Senate has taken important steps forward to help protect our kids by reducing gun violence.

 

The American people made their voices heard, and the Senate made progress to make it harder for criminals and people with serious mental illnesses to get guns, to crack down on anyone trying to funnel guns to criminals, and to reinstate and strengthen a ban on the sale of military-style assault weapons. Each of these ideas deserves a vote. The President urges Congress to pass these commonsense measures while affirming our nation’s tradition of responsible gun ownership.

 

 

 

 

Learn more about the plan to reduce gun violence in this country

 

 

How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown?

 

The answer to the simple question in that headline is 2,883 human lives have been erased bu gin violence in the 96 days since December 14th, 2012.

 

Thats Two Thousand, Eight Hundred & Eighty Three Americans lives lost. In Ninety Nine days.

 

 

 

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President Barack Obama tours the crypt containing the birthplace of Jesus during his visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the West Bank, March 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

In Case You Missed It

 

Here’s a quick glimpse at what happened this week on WhiteHouse.gov:

 

Middle East Trip: On Wednesday, President Obama embarked on a five day journey to Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan. The President began his visit with an arrival ceremony at the Ben Gurion airport followed by a visit to an Iron Dome defense battery in Tel Aviv. In the evening, President Obama flew to Jerusalem to talk with Israeli leaders and joined Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a working dinner.

 

On Thursday, the President visited the West Bank, where he held meetings in Ramallah with Palestinian Authority President Abbas and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Fayyad, and attended a cultural event at Al-Bireh Youth Center. The day also included a tour of the Israel Museum and a speech from the Jerusalem International Convention Center.

The President wrapped up his busy day at the residence of President Peres for a dinner in Jerusalem. Check back this weekend for coverage on the rest of President Obama’s Middle East Trip.

 

 

St. Patty’s Day Celebrations: On Tuesday, President Obama welcomed Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny to the White House. The two discussed their “incredibly strong partnership” on issues such as the economy and security. The President also noted a deal to sell American-made planes to Ireland, which helps grow our economy and create American jobs. After the bilateral meeting, the pair traveled to Capitol Hill for a St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon. To end the day, the President and First Lady held a reception to mark the holiday.

 

 

New Labor Secretary Nominee: On Monday, President Obama announced the nomination of Thomas Perez for Secretary of Labor. Perez will work on behalf of American wage earners, job seekers, and retirees so they can enjoy improved working conditions, advanced employment opportunities, and guaranteed workplace benefits and rights.

As the son of Dominican immigrants worked his way through college as a garbage collector and at a warehouse in order to become a lawyer and dedicate his life to public service, the President said Perez’s life reminds us of our “country’s promise.”

“If you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, what your last name is — you can make it if you try,” said President Obama. “Tom’s made protecting that promise for everybody the cause for his life.”

 

 

Women’s History Month: On Monday, President Obama delivered remarks at the Women’s History Month reception at the White House. The First Lady and leaders from various sectors joined the President as he celebrated the progress women have made:

“And when I look around this room, it is hard to believe that 100 years ago this month, thousands of women were marching right outside this house demanding one of our most fundamental right:  the right to vote, to have a say in our democracy. And today, a century later, its rooms are full of accomplished women who have overcome discrimination, shattered glass ceilings, and become outstanding role models for all of our sons and daughters.”

At the event, President Obama also announced that he would nominate longtime women’s advocate Cathy Russell, who has served as Dr. Jill Biden’s Chief of Staff, as the next Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women Issues.

 

Learn more on the Administration’s Commitment to Women:

 

 

Three Years of the Affordable Care Act: This week marked the third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and we identified meaningful ways the health care law is helping everyday Americans. In a series of blog posts throughout the week we discussed how the Affordable Care Act holds insurance companies accountableprotects consumersprotects against insurance discriminationmaintains a focus on quality careincreases savings for seniors, and expands access to millions of young adults.

 

 

The President’s Bracket: On Wednesday, the President released his bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. President Obama’s Final Four includes Louisville, Ohio State, Florida, and Indiana, while he predicted Indiana to win it all. Today, he released his picks for the women’s tournament with Baylor topping Notre Dame in the final.

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

March 23, 2013

Statement by the President on the Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  March 23, 2013

 

Statement by the President on the Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

Three years ago today, I signed into law the principle that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one should go broke just because they get sick. The Affordable Care Act will give hard-working, middle class families the health care security they deserve and protect every American from the worst insurance company abuses.  Already, millions of seniors are saving $600 a year on their prescription drugs. Millions of young people have been able to stay on their family’s health plan until age 26.  Preventive care, like mammograms for women and wellness visits for seniors, is covered free of charge. Most importantly, for the sake of our fiscal future, the growth of health care costs is beginning to slow. In fact, last year, Medicaid costs fell for the first time in decades.

 

Because of the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies will no longer have unchecked power to cancel your policy, deny you coverage, or charge women more than men.  And soon, no American will ever again be denied care or charged more due to a pre-existing condition, like cancer or even asthma.

Later this year, millions of Americans will finally have the opportunity to buy the same kind of health care Members of Congress give themselves. Beginning in October, you’ll be able to sign up for new private health care plans through a new health insurance marketplace where private plans will compete to save middle class families money.  Through these marketplaces, Americans and small business owners will be able to choose from a menu of health plans that fit their budget and provide quality coverage they can count on when they need it most.  If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. If you cannot afford a plan, you or your small business may get financial assistance to make it affordable.

 

There’s more work to do to implement this law, and I look forward to working with leaders of both parties to help Americans save money on health care and extend the security of coverage to every family.

 

 

 

March 23, 2013

Statement by the Press Secretary

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  March 23, 2013

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary

Today, the Senate passed a budget plan that will create jobs and cut the deficit in a balanced way.  Like the President’s plan, the Senate budget cuts wasteful spending, makes tough choices to strengthen entitlements, and eliminates special tax breaks and loopholes for the wealthiest Americans to reduce the deficit.

 

The President and Democrats in Congress are willing to make difficult choices so we can cut the deficit while laying the foundation for long term middle class job growth.  And it is encouraging that both the Senate and House have made progress by passing budgets through regular order.  We will continue to insist that any solution has balance.  The House Republican budget refuses to ask for a single dime of deficit reduction from closing tax loopholes for the wealthy and the well-connected but instead makes deep cuts to education and manufacturing while asking seniors and the middle class to pay more.  That’s not an approach we support and it’s not an approach the majority of the American people support.

 

Now it is time for our leaders to come together to find common ground.  The President has put a plan on the table that reflects compromise, and he will continue to work with both sides to see if there is an opportunity to reach a solution to our budget challenges. We hope we will find this compromise because that is what the American people expect and what they deserve.

 

 

 

March 22, 2013

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on Bosco Ntaganda’s Surrender to the International Criminal Court in The Hague

 

 

 

President Barack Obama participates in a walking tour with Suleiman al-Farajat, a tourism professor at the University of Jordan, in Petra….

 

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This is all Sellout Harry Reid’s doing. If you check his campaign donors, you’ll find NRAsshole contributions. Remember This in “NO”vember on the 4th, 2014.

 

‘Six gun provisions were passed as riders attached to the resolution funding the government through September on Thursday’.

 

‘While all six had been federal law since 2004, each was approved by Congress on a year-to-year basis only’.

 

‘Now, four of the provisions are permanent’.

 

‘According to National Public Radio‘s Tamara Keith, the NRA “is the driving force behind these provisions.” Here they are’:

 

1) ‘Limit enforcement tools against crooked dealers. One rider would prevent Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) agents from shutting down gun stores due to “due to a lack of business activity,” arguably a sign of criminal sales’.

 

 

2) ‘Shield gun dealers who “lose” their guns. This legislation precludes any federal law that requires gun retailers to count their guns and submit the results as a mechanism of determining whether any weapons have been lost or stolen’.

 

 

3) ‘Interfere with ATF gun trace reports. The ATF is now mandated to include, in any reports concerning its tracing of guns back to crime, that trace data “cannot be used to draw broad conclusions about firearms-related crime.” Academic work on guns has used trace data to firmly establish that several firearm regulations effectively prevent the spread of guns to criminal’.

 

 

4) ‘Expand the class of protected guns. According to Roll Call‘s John Gramlich, the fourth permanent law would “place a broad definition of antique guns and ammunition that may be imported into the United States.”

 

 

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Wednesday Potpourri: Gabby Giffords Ad, Trayvon Martin Updates & Posters…We Got Posters!


 

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Call the Senate Judiciary Committee

 

Published on Mar 5, 2013

Call 1-888-284-5479 and tell your Senator that you are one of the over 90% of Americans who support universal background checks for all gun purchases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Call Senators Flake and McCain

 

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Tell Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain to support universal background checks for all gun purchases: 888-284-5479.

 

 

 

 

 

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Beck: Gun Control Is An Effort To Impose Slavery

 

Published on Mar 5, 2013

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Glenn Beck explains that the government is implementing gun control and keeping us uneducated as part of an effort to impose slavery.

 

 

 

 

 

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Trayvon Martin case: Zimmerman drops stand-your-ground defense

 

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George Zimmerman (left) shot dead Trayvon Martin after taking it upon himself to follow the teenager. Photograph: Reuters

 

6 Mar 2013: Neighbourhood watch leader who shot dead teenager on Florida housing estate will instead go straight to jury trial.

 

Lawyers acting for George Zimmerman, who shot dead the unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin on a Florida housing estate, have abandoned their attempt to have his murder charge thrown out on the grounds of self-defense.

 

Neighborhood watch leader Zimmerman, 29, had been expected to claim immunity from prosecution at a hearing in April under the state’s stand-your-ground law, which allows for the use of deadly force when a person feels their life is in danger.

 

But in a surprise move, his lawyer, Mark O’Mara, told a judge that the defense would take its chances at Zimmerman’s trial in June for second-degree murder. He said he still intended to pursue the argument that his client was acting in self-defense in February 2012 under a violent onslaught from 17-year-old Martin.

 

The unexpected decision changes the entire direction of a case that sparked racial tensions when Zimmerman was originally released without charge. The case also put America‘s gun laws under the spotlight.

 

His fate will now almost certainly rest with a jury instead of circuit court judge, Debra Nelson, who could have thrown out the case at next month’s immunity hearing. It leaves the defendant at more risk of the minimum 25-year sentence that would follow a conviction.

 

“The real focus is going to be on getting ready for a jury trial,” O’Mara said at a hearing on Tuesday in Sanford, close to the Retreat at Twin Lakes community where Martin had been staying with his father on the night of his death.

 

“As you know I’ve been counting. We’re only at 96 days [from trial] right now. So that only gives us time to really get ready for one hearing. And that’s going to be a jury trial where he gets acquitted. George wants to have a jury of his peers decide the case.”

 

The defense has always contended it was Martin who was the aggressor as they became entangled in a confrontation on the night of 26 February 2012 as the teenager walked back to the house owned his father’s friend carrying candy and a soft drink he had bought at a nearby shop.

 

Zimmerman told police in a 911 call that he was following a “suspicious” male but claimed Martin turned on him, pinning him to the ground and breaking his nose before he managed to draw his handgun and fire a single deadly shot.

 

The prosecutor, Bernie de la Rionda, will counter that Zimmerman, who had previously called in cases of unidentified males walking in the community, was an overzealous busybody who pursued and harassed an unarmed teenager before killing him with intent.

 

De La Rionda said he was “bewildered” by Tuesday’s change of defense tactics. The hearing ended with O’Mara announcing he reserved the right to still seek a new stand-your-ground hearing despite telling Nelson she could clear her calendar for the two weeks beginning 29 April that had been set aside for the legal argument.

 

Tuesday’s court hearing heard that testimony from a crucial state witness, a teenage girl known only as Witness 8 who claimed to have been on the phone with Martin when he was shot, would be called into question.

 

The girl previously testified that she was in hospital on the day of Martin’s funeral but the state attorney’s office admitted that no medical records existed to back her claim. Defense lawyers are expected to use the development to challenge the credibility of her story about the phone call.

 

Zimmerman’s trial is scheduled to begin in Sanford on 10 June. His wife, Shelley, 25, faces a perjury charge in separate proceedings for allegedly lying to the court about the couple’s finances at a bail hearing in her husband’s case.

 

 

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Silent Screams I And II. Will There Be A III?


 

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Silent Screams (Deaths of the CPS)

 

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In Memory of the 32+ School Students killed in Chicago 2007 and the 14 students killed as of 10.22.08…ALL BY GUNS

The children SCREAM out for help but the city is SILENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silent Screams II (28 Classrooms)

 

Published on Feb 20, 2013

“Dont shoot. Say no to gangs and say yes to a bright future.” – Hadiya Pendelton

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5yrs ago I created Silent Screams to help stir the consciousness of people and move them enough to act on stoping these tragedies of gun violence inflicted upon our children and young adults in Chicago. 5yrs later….over 550 young lives have been killed.

 

 

 

 

 

Chicago’s Violent, Black Neighborhoods (www.TheBigBlackNewsBlog.com)

 

 

 

 

 

KIYANNA T. SALTER’S HOMEGOING GATHERING

 

I attended Kiyanna’s homegoing on Monday. I must say, during my journey through life, I have attended many homegoings but this one really touched home.

 

To see so many young people sobbing uncontrollably illustrated the obvious pain our young people are experiencing. It is a terrible thing to lose a loved one to an automobile accident, or any kind of accident for that matter. But to lose a loved one to avoidable societal problems, it is unacceptable and doubly as hard as an accidental death.

 

Of course the circumstances of any death are unique, but the reason will always dictate how an individual grieve.

 

I’m certain if young Kiyanna was struck by an automobile, her family and friends could’ve somewhat understood why she made her transition so soon. But to be cut down simply because two seriously misled individuals were conditioned to hate their black brother, and they felt their safety depended on the ownership of a weapon, we are living in perilous times with no foreseeable vision of change until our young people are once again raised by the entire village.

 

When the village is raising the child, flaws of the parent/parents will be compensated with love from the village. That compensation is the necessary component needed to adequately monitor our young children at all times. We can no longer depend on governmental agencies or any other agency to raise our children.

 

WE MUST GRASP OUR YOUTH!!

DWIGHT TAYLOR

 

 

 

2,262 Americans fatally shot since Newtown.

 

That’s 2,262, humans gunned down. In 73 days.

 

That averages out to 30.98 people a day. On Christmas, 30 Americans were killed by guns. On New Year’s Day, it was 58. On Martin Luther King Day, 28. Last Thursday was a good day — only 13 Americans were shot to death that day.

 

Click here to see Slate’s utterly breath-taking graphic of the gun-death tally since December 14, the date of the Newtown massacre.

 

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  • Find your Senators by clicking here (if you’d rather send an email, you’ll find that information here, too).
  • Find your US Representative by clicking here (if you’d rather send an email, you’ll find that information here, too).

 

 

 

 

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Funeral Held For Teen Girl Killed At Chicago Playground

 

 

 

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OBAMA RE ELECTED

 

 

 

 

44 Gun Companies Have Stopped Selling To Law Enforcement In Anti-2nd Amendment Protest


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

 

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From Red Alert Politics:

 

The list of companies that have stopped selling firearms and ammunition to law enforcement agencies in states that are restricting the Second Amendment has more than doubled since Wednesday and is more than five times larger than just one week ago. There are 44 companies on our list, with more being added as we receive notification. Here are the additions since Wednesday:

 

Barrett Firearms
Exile Machine
Tier One Arms
Bravo Company USA
Primary Weapons Systems
Crusader Weaponry
Top Gun Supply
Kiss Tactical
Clark Fork Tactical
OFA Tactical
One Source Tactical
Templar Tactical Arms
NEMO Arms
Old Grouch’s Military Surplus
Big Horn Armory
Midway USA
CMMG Inc
Rocky Top Tactical
Badger Peak
Controlled Chaos Arms
SRT Arms
Norton Firearms
Citizen Arms
Evolution Weaponry
Doublestar Corp
JCW Industries
Huntertown Arms

 

 

Here’s a sample of statements from some of the recent additions to the list as well as the positions of the companies that have reached out to TheBlaze directly to declare their policy shift:

 

Steve Adelmann of Citizen Arms shared the following from his company’s statement, made the day after New York changed its laws:

”Due to legal, ethical and moral concerns, Citizen Arms offers only those custom firearms that are legal for all lawful citizens of a given state to possess, regardless of law enforcement status. LE personnel living in states where citizens must have restrictive features will only receive like product support from Citizen Arms. We’re very appreciative of the sacrifices made by the law enforcement community but we’re even more appreciative of the right guaranteed to all law-abiding US citizens by the Second Amendment to the US Constitution: A well regulated militia, necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”.

 

Read more at The Blaze.

 

Thank you Red Alert Politics.

 

Everyone who knows me will testify that I hate all NRAssholes and their stranglehold on American politics. This is a shinning example of why. When the safety of all Americans are jeopardized by a few corporations desire to control politics in order to make more billions of dollars……that’s treason.

 

If you have any business dealings with these 44 companies….you need to do some soul searching.

 

 

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